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Van Briggle Pottery Building

The Van Briggle Pottery building was built in 1907–08 to house the Van Briggle Pottery Company and to showcase the company's tile and terracotta products.


Members of WES explored pueblos in the American Southwest with PILLAR.

WES supports scholars through participation in a number of events throughout the academic year, including teas, receptions, luncheons, art shows, theatrical performances, scholar athletic events, and fundraising efforts.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 15, 2018: Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival & Tour, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1125 Glen Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Tours of the historic Van Briggle Pottery building start every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One-hour walking tours of the building include a stop in the original sales room to hear Anne Van Briggle’s account of the founding of Van Briggle Pottery, followed by a talk about the pottery and its preservation after  the building’s purchase by Colorado College, a stop in the former kiln area with photographs and information about the engineering that allowed preservation of the chimneys, and two historic near disasters, with a final stop in Anne Van Briggle’s studio where Van Briggle pottery is on display and there is an opportunity to learn about the art of Artus and Anne Van Briggle.
Tour $15. Children under 14 accompanied by an adult free.

  • Tour attendees may bring two pieces of Van Briggle for authentication. Pottery authentication without tour (two pieces) $10
  • Pottery display entitled "Van Briggle -  In All the Colors of The Colorado Landscape," as was the original intent of Artus.

  • Wheel throwing demonstrations and hands-on clay activities by Bemis School of Art.
  • Tours of the HAS Gardens by the Horticultural Arts Society. View the Lorelei sculpture inspired by the Artus Van Briggle pottery piece; Larry Terrafranca, sculptor of the Lorelei in the garden and designer of the Van Briggle Wall, will be at the festival.

Partner organizations with information and at the festival include cosponsor Bemis Art School and local historic organizations: Horticultural Arts Society, Historic Preservation Alliance, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, McAllister House, and Friends of Monument Valley Park.

Past Events

June 7, 2018: Board Meeting, Woman's Club
April 29 to May 5, 2018:
WES/PILLAR Trip, Unique Utah and SW Colorado
May 3, 2018:
Board Meeting, Woman's Club
April 26, 2018:
Annual Luncheon, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
April 5, 2018
: Board Meeting, Woman's Club
March 1, 2018:
Board Meeting, Woman's Club
Feb. 27, 2018: Winter Luncheon, Colorado College
Feb. 1, 2018:
Board meeting, Colorado College
Dec. 6,  2017:
Holiday Cookie Exchange
Nov. 28, 2017:
Fall Luncheon, Colorado College
Nov. 2, 2017:
Board Meeting, Woman's Club
Sept. 28, 2017:
WES Fall Tea
Sept. 15-22, 2017: WES/PILLAR Trip: Splendors of the Southwest Canyons
Sept. 9, 2017:
Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival & Tour
Sept. 3 and 6, 2017:
Voices and Views KCMJ 93.9 FM